Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Taylor might scrimmage at Late Night

Jayhawk’s thumb healing; guard should have no problem with skits

Kansas guard Tyshawn Taylor passes out to the wing as he is guarded by Baylor forward Quincy Acy during the first half Monday, Feb. 2, 2009 at the Ferrell Center in Waco.

Kansas guard Tyshawn Taylor passes out to the wing as he is guarded by Baylor forward Quincy Acy during the first half Monday, Feb. 2, 2009 at the Ferrell Center in Waco.


Injured Kansas University sophomore basketball guard Tyshawn Taylor, who will participate in the skits at Friday’s Late Night in the Phog, also may play in the Jayhawks’ intrasquad scrimmage.

“We don’t know yet if he’ll be released for full contact. He’ll be in warmups. If he has to miss any time, it should be just a couple days (of practice),” KU coach Bill Self said Tuesday.

Taylor dislocated his left thumb on Sept. 22. The thumb has responded well to treatment.

“He does everything with the guys now, just not full contact,” Self said.

Self hopes Allen Fieldhouse, as usual, will be full for the 25th-annual Late Night. Thousands of KU students will be out of town as part of fall break.

“It’ll be a fun night, a big night. It’s always a big night at Kansas,” Self said. “It’s the 25th anniversary Late Night. Hopefully it’ll be the best we’ve ever had. I would think a lot of people would like to see our new facility as we unveil that,” he added of a renovated fieldhouse.

Improvements include wider concourses, new bathroom fixtures, reorganized concessions stands, expanded locker rooms and Booth Family Hall of Athletics, as well as an alumni lounge. There’s also a new double-deck bridge built between the fieldhouse and parking garage on the north side of the building.

“The guys are ready to get started. We’ve given them the week to get their legs under them after Boot Camp like we do every year. I know the guys are really looking forward to what should be a great Late Night,” Self stated.

Late Night is slated to run from 6:30 until 9:30 p.m. Friday. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Admission is free. Fans are encouraged to bring a nonperishable food item, which will be donated to area food pantries.

Miles cut

Former KU point guard Aaron Miles on Tuesday was released by the Atlanta Hawks. Miles, who played in Greece last season, Spain in 2007-08 and France in ’06-07, scored seven points in his only preseason game for the Hawks.

Table being auctioned

A coffee table, created with the authentic 2008 Final Four floor and one of the rims used in the Jayhawks’ 2008 national-title victory over Memphis, is being auctioned at The auction will last until 5 p.m., Oct. 21. To bid on the item, go to the Web address

Wright in Wichita

Former KU forward Julian Wright scored 10 points off 5-of-7 shooting and grabbed four rebounds in the New Orleans Hornets’ 121-86 loss to Orlando in an NBA exhibition game Tuesday night at Koch Arena in Wichita. The Hornets will meet Mario Chalmers’ Miami Heat at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Sprint Center in Kansas City.


Matt Bowers 10 years, 4 months ago

Not a member of the moral police, but would like a friendly conversation about Taylor. I am still a little upset at the fact that Taylor's punishment was internal and that Brady's was for the entire sports world to know. The apology that Brady gave seemed heart felt, the one Taylor gave seemed more like he was forced. I am curious to know what Taylors punishment was and how it will impact his playing time, beyound his injury. If I am off base on this one then I'll take the blasting by fellow bloggers.

Does anyone know if this years late night will be streaming over the web like last years and the link to find it?

Rock Chalk

Martin Rosenblum 10 years, 4 months ago

Will Brady be in street clothes and sitting behind the bench? You'll recognize him, he's the one with the scarlet KU on his shirt!

FairgroveJayhawk 10 years, 4 months ago

new title: "Taylor might skirmish ....." sorry, couldn't help it.

Kustrong - The web link I don't know, but it will be on espnU - along with a few other late night shows from other colleges.

Late Night!!! 59.49 hours and counting.

bradh 10 years, 4 months ago

My guess Strong is that Brady broke a set rule, curfew, after the team was told to be especially careful after the fights. As they say in football, it's normally the person who responds to the push or punch that gets penalized. Brady just happened to be that guy and the message was sent.

I think your question is quite legit.

Chris Shaw 10 years, 4 months ago

kustrong: There is going to be a special broadcast on ESPNU friday night starting at 8 PM est. If you don't get ESPNU, I pay the extra 5 bucks for that sport package because KU always has 2 or 3 games on that channel. I always get it for the basketball season and then cancel it towards the end of the season. I am not sure how othe companies are, but Direc TV has a 30 day cancel policy for this so you would have to wait 30 days before you could cancel.

Chris Shaw 10 years, 4 months ago

good article on Doron Lamb on Zagsblog. He has cut his list down to 3 it looks like.

Timmay97 10 years, 4 months ago

Lets not forget that Tyshawn was not alone during the skirmish between the football team and basketball team. His name stands out because he broke his thumb (or whatever). There were a few other players based on what I "read."

As for Brady.....

1) He did this AFTER this skirmish among basketball and football players

2) He acted alone. Even if there were other people in the car with him, they weren't KU basketball players.

It's just completely poor judgement among all players.

Joe Baker 10 years, 4 months ago

kushaw- Lamb has UK, KU and seems that UConn is in there too! UK fans think every recruit is an auto for the hillbillies!! They have him in nasty blue and white. Lamb will be attending Late Night and this should get his attention. He seems to think highly of the KU coaching staff. Funny he didn't say that for the head coach of the Sleazy Toothless One!

I hope TT doesn't get injured any further. I trust he'll take it easy and not aggravate that thumb.

Matt Bowers 10 years, 4 months ago

Thank you for the information on Late Night and your perspective on the internal and external punishment of KU players. Looking forward to another great season of basketball and recruiting.

Rock Chalk

JHawk74 10 years, 4 months ago


Taylor broke team rules by fighting with football players but did not break the law unless someone presses charges for assult. Which is not going to happen.

Brady broke several team rules and broke the Law. His actions are far worse than Taylor actions. That is why Brady's punishment is worse than Taylor's. I doubt Taylor got a pass from Bill Self.

ChicagoJHawk 10 years, 4 months ago


I said the same thing at first but the more I thought about it, it does make sense. In Tyshawn's incident, we don't really know exactly what happened/who started the fight. He very well could have been acting in self defense. No charges were filed by anyone during this whole skirmish/brawl.

On the other hand, what Brady did, is illegal & I understand why he would be punished more severely. That being said, I read his letter to the fans the other day & thought he was being sincere & accept his apology & still support the guy 100%.

Almost time for bball season, RCJH GO KU!!!!!

Nick Adams 10 years, 4 months ago

Look, Brady is a friend of mine but I will not shy away from the one thing that is being missed in all of your comments. Brady not only broke team rules, HE BROKE THE LAW.

Debbie Mangen 10 years, 4 months ago

Wow.... it was just a couple of weeks ago you were screaming at the JW to move on and quit bringing up Taylor's actions, and now you complain that they aren't. As you said before, "Let's move on."

On a newer note, (this might be considered history by now) HCBS might be relieved to know that Louisville is having some problems along the same line. 2 players were at an alumni gathering very early Sunday morning and were caught in a fight and tazers were used at least twice to subdue the player. This will also be handled internally, according to Pitino, as if this poor man doesn't have enough on his plate. (tongue in cheek here folks!)

tennesseest 10 years, 4 months ago

The media are going to be given a tour of the new facilities today before the women's bball media deal. LJW, make sure we all get some great pics. I heard the locker rooms and the west-side (North South) hallway are insane. Please don't drop the ball on this one.

jaybate 10 years, 4 months ago

jaybate news service (jns):

Exclusive: Pre-Late Night Scoop

Dateline: Larryland

Rumors swirl that a Late Night skit entitled "Mondo Jayhawk: The Fourth Fight" will offer a detailed reenactment of all three reputed fights between KU hoops and pigskin teams and end in a Sumo wrestling show down at center court between Mark Mangino and Bill Self (both in classic Sumo garb) refereed by Lew Perkins and the Chancellor! Las Vegas odds makers are already heavily favoring Mangino, but one odds maker speaking on deep back ground said, "I would never bet against Bill Self. His take what they give you strategy could counter Coach Mangino's considerable weight advantage and surprise a lot of people."


Note: Correlations between this post and reality are purely coincidental, unintended, and absent malice.

Lance Hobson 10 years, 4 months ago

Tyshawn didn't break the law or curfew, he just embarrassed KU with his Facebook entries. As bad as the fight press was, getting a DUI is much more significant.

I have to go with Mangino in the cage match. Strategy didn't help Spinks against Tyson, and I don't think it's going to help Self in this scenario. Just hope he protects his thumbs.

Marcia Parsons 10 years, 4 months ago

Strong: In addition, new, stricter team rules were put in place right after the fight problems, and it was under those new rules that Brady was punished.

phi4life940 10 years, 4 months ago

Take two seconds away today to vote for Russell Robinson to make the Cavs!!!!!

jaybate 10 years, 4 months ago


Unless something more has happened and I missed it, there was only a "suspicion" of "influenced" driving.

Has he been convicted of something more than suspicion of influenced driving?

For what little its worth, I don't recall Brady's letter of apology clearly, at this moment, but I do not recall a categorical admission of law breaking in it.

Does anyone else?

jaybate 10 years, 4 months ago


I suspect you are correct, but I wonder if KU, or its coaches, have any rules against fighting?

Pam McCormick 10 years, 4 months ago

I would imagaine until late Sept. that both Mangino and Self assumed the players would have enough sense not to fight. Brady mistimed his shinanigans and stayed out past curfew when the entire KU athletic program was under the microscope of the press. He violated team rules whether he was under the influence or not.

Martin Rosenblum 10 years, 4 months ago

Jaybate -

Can't wait to see how the costume alterations for the sumo contest come out. Maybe Bill can donate some of his coverage to Mangino who will obviously need as much as is available. Will they opt for the traditional hairstyle? If so, they're both in trouble unless Conner Teahan or Kerry Meier can loan them some.

(so, how do you like my new avatar?)

jaybate 10 years, 4 months ago


Stellar avatar!

Isn't Mangino a natch for sumo? :-)

Martin Rosenblum 10 years, 4 months ago

Mangino could also participate in the dunk exhibition. No, not doing a dunk! He could lie down on the court at the free throw line and anybody who could jump over him and complete their dunk would win the contest. Just a thought!

Joel Hood 10 years, 4 months ago

memhawk - is your avatar a scene from NCIS?

Martin Rosenblum 10 years, 4 months ago

jayhawkerjoel -

If NCIS is a bbq restaurant - yes.

wells -

Yeah, right. Like I'm going to choose a photo of some wanna-be ribs!

My challenge to bring an offering to St. Louis for the KU-Mem. game still stands, if anybody is "man" enough to bring their town's best offering. (Don't bother bringing that San Antonio version though)

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